See the Best Places to Propose in New Hampshire

Learn when and where to propose throughout the New England state.
Best Places to Propose in New Hampshire
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Shelby Wax
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Shelby Wax
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  • Shelby is a contributing writer for The Knot covering all things weddings.
  • Shelby is a freelance writer for publications including Vogue, Over the Moon and Allure. She previously served as Senior Editor at Brides and Editor at Lonny Magazine.
  • Shelby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Scripps College.
Updated Apr 04, 2024

If you are looking for a beautiful place in New England to take the very big step of proposing to your partner in life, consider getting down on one knee in New Hampshire. With an incredible biodiversity in the state, the best places to propose in New Hampshire range from romantic mountaintops to coastal retreats. There are so many incredible outdoor locations to plan a meaningful proposal in the region—and follow the big moment with a great photo shoot with a skilled engagement photographer.

Want to get all the guidance you'll need to plan and execute your perfect New Hampshire proposal? Read ahead to learn how to decide the ideal time of year for the big question and to see some of the best proposal locations in the state.

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How to Decide Where to Propose in New Hampshire

Deciding where to propose is a big decision. If you are a local or are planning a trip to New Hampshire for your engagement, consider locations that may feel meaningful to you as a couple or have an incredible natural backdrop. For extra help, you might want to hire a proposal planner to help you with your task. These planners can be found on The Knot Vendor Marketplace.

The Best Time of The Year to Propose in New Hampshire

Deciding when to propose in New Hampshire really is based on your personal preferences. The spring and summer are beautiful in the state thanks to its gorgeous natural landscapes and lush greenery throughout. The temperatures are also quite nice during this time of year for a visit. As the seasons change to fall, couples might enjoy having the orange and red hues of the changing trees as the backdrop to their proposal. A visit to the mountains during the winter can also be a lovely choice for an engagement in the snow. You can even head to a local ski resort to get down on one knee on top of a mountain.

The Best Places to Propose in New Hampshire

Want to know where to propose in New Hampshire? Read ahead to explore some gorgeous locations amongst the mountains, throughout farmland and along the coast of the northeastern state.

Great Island Common

Wedding and engagement photographer Carly Yarbrow of Carly Michelle Photography says proposals at Great Island Common are stunning. She shares, "This park has a beautiful beach with grassy dunes and a park—a great location if you're looking for greenery and beach access."


Head to Portsmouth for a beautiful stroll around the coastal town. Yarbrow says, "It's a great place for a more urban setting with cute shops and restaurants to take pictures at!" Stay at the Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel for a night of celebration.

Ice Castles

Does your partner love the snow? "Photos at the Ice Castles are incredible! It's very much worth the drive and make sure to go on a weekday because it will be packed on a weekend," says Yarbrow.

Rye Harbor State Park

Rye Harbor State Park is a New Hampshire favorite on the Ragged Neck peninsula that balances scenic views with great areas for a pre-proposal picnic. Yarbrow shares that it's "a great spot if you like coastal photos but don't want to actually go on the beach with grassy areas and harbor views!"

Aldworth Manor

Bring a vintage touch to your engagement by taking your partner to Aldworth Manor. Built in the 1800s, this historic lodge is filled with gardens and stately architecture that can serve as the backdrop for your engagement.

LaBelle Winery

Do you and your special someone love to split a bottle of wine on date night? Head to a winery to toast to your engagement. Photos among the vines of LaBelle Winery are sure to be a treat to look back on over the years. You may even consider later planning your wedding at this spectacular venue, too.


Turn your engagement into a weekend retreat with your closest friends and family at Ogontz. The lakeside venue is perfect for hosting a celebration and summer getaway with your loved ones with its summer camp-like property.

Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club

If your partner loves getting up to activities and outdoor adventures, book a stay at the Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club. From tennis to golf to spas and hiking trails, there are plenty of exciting options to choose while on a trip to the New Hampshire retreat. Find the perfect moment to propose within your packed schedule for a big surprise.

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Head to the summit of Bretton Woods in New Hampshire's White Mountains to pop the question at the beautiful Omni Mount Washington Resort. The historic property has incredible views and backdrops to stage a stunning engagement. Afterwards, enjoy a weekend of relaxation at the luxe resort.

Loon Mountain Resort

Turn your ski trip in the perfect moment to propose to your soon-to-be fiancé. Head to the slopes at Loon Mountain Resort and plan an exciting proposal on top of the mountain. The location is also a beautiful tree-filled retreat in the summertime as well.

Ragged Mountain Resort

Another beautiful mountain retreat within New Hampshire is Ragged Mountain Resort. Whether you want to be surrounded by snow or enjoy the lush greenery of spring and summer, this hotel can provide a rustic setting for your engagement.

Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa

Have you dreamed of proposing in a charming gazebo, beautiful garden or along the coastline? All three options are available at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa.

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